Sunday, December 2, 2007

Photography masters

Meet Japanese Maestro photographer Nakano Masataka. The top picture is from his first book 'T0kyo Nobody' (2000), which features a collection of snaps of Tokyo - completely empty of people and vehicles. Taken on an 8x10 inch camera, they are not digitally edited images, just patiently acquired during 10 years on days when everyone leaves town, such as New Years Day early in the morning.

His latest work is called 'My Lost America' and comprises a collection of images taken in NYC between 1983 and 1993, with the particularity of having the WTC in every single one of them.

The first image generates an ominous feeling which reminds me of one of Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles - the whole of Mars was evacuated and one unlucky bastard was left behind. What would he do completely alone in the metropolis? I don't remember what he did, but wow, he was quite fucked.

The second one also leaves you thinking. How mighty and awe-inspiring do the Twin Towers look? And still, a couple of deranged cockmunchers could fly right into them and knock them down. Unbelievable.

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